Public sector organizations: reducing GHG emissions with RNG
Important policy information: The Climate Action Secretariat (CAS) has acknowledged that FortisBC’s RNG displaces natural gas with the use of a carbon neutral fuel. This enables public sector organizations to reduce their reportable greenhouse gas emissions by participating in RNG.1
Read more about Carbon Neutral Government Program requirements.
Each year, FortisBC confirms the emission reduction associated with RNG and publishes it here.
To make it easier for you, FortisBC will clearly distinguish the gigajoule (GJ) value of RNG (referred to as biomethane) you have purchased on your bill.
We’re committed to helping ensure you can meet your reporting requirements. Along with the billing and annual reconfirmation, FortisBC:
- ensures the environmental attributes of the RNG have not been and will not be recognized under any other greenhouse gas reduction program
- continues to review its new RNG production facilities to independently certify them as producing carbon neutral gas
- publishes annual reports through its regulator, the British Columbia Utilities Commission, specifying total volumes of RNG purchased
What this means for public sector organizations
Find the amount of RNG purchased from FortisBC on your bill and enter it into the province of British Columbia recognized SMARTTool along with your conventional natural gas consumption. The SMARTTool will account for the emissions reduction associated with using RNG rather than conventional natural gas. The actual amount of emissions associated with RNG, as recognized by the CAS, is shown below in the table.
SMARTTool: natural gas and RNG emissions factors
|Fuel type||Energy conversion factor||Kg/GJ|
|Natural gas||0.03874 GJ/m3||-||49.58||0.0010||0.0009||49.87|
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1Renewable Natural Gas is produced in a different manner than conventional natural gas. It is derived from biogas, which is produced from decomposing organic waste from landfills, agricultural waste and wastewater from treatment facilities. The biogas is captured and cleaned to create carbon neutral Renewable Natural Gas (also called biomethane).